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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:22 pm

This are the 5 basic sounds in chinese...we also call them phonology....

example is the word (ma) in chinese....it is just a single syllabe but has 5 different pronounciation and different meaning....


  • (mā) means "mother" with a high level sound
  • ((m)) means "hemp" or "torpid" with a high rising sound


  • (mǎ) ) means "horse" with a low falling sound
  • ((m) means )"scold" with a high falling sound
  • ((ma) means )"question particle" with a neutral sound

you must master first this vowel sounds so that it will be easier for you to pronounce those words in chinese Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:48 pm

em43

here's some more...hope it helps...i'm just not sure if it's all correct...
i just copyed it in a forum...

Good Morning - zao an
Good Afternoon - wu an
Good Night - wan an
and dere is no Good Evening greeting in chinese .. = )
How are you - ni hao ma ?
Where are you - ni zai na li ?
What r u doing - ni zai gan ma ?
i like you - wo xin huan ni
i love you - wo ai ni
i hate you - wo hen ni
i miss you - wo xiang ni
GoGo ! ( Add Oil ) - JiaYou ! JiaYou ! xD

i`ll support you - wo hui zhi chi ni d !
sorry - dui bu qi
never mind - mei guan xi
what is your name ? - ni ming shen mo ?
my name is ________ - wo ming jiao _________
whats your age ? - ni ji shui le ?
my age is ___ - wo jin nia ____ shui
where you from ? - ni chong na li lai de ?
i am from __ - wo shi chong ___ lai de .
i want - wo yao
i dont want - wo bu yao !


.......................................................

4 some emotional ...

Emotional - Qing xu
happy - kai xin
sad - shang xin
cry - ku
dissapointed - shi wang
angry - sheng qi
i tink tat all 4 emotional ..

..........................................................

Food O ! -
Food - shi wu
Breakfast - zao chan ( not pronounce english way in can, but pronounce as chan, without the ch sound)
Lunch - wu can
Dinner - wan can
Supper - xiao/siao ye
Dessert - tian dian

Countries - Guo Jia
England - Ying Guo
USA - Mei Guo
China - Zhong Guo
Germany - De Guo
France - Fa Guo
Korea - Han Guo
Japan - Ri Ben
Vietnam - Yue Nan
Thailand -Tai Guo
Taiwan -Taiwan
Malaysia -Ma Lai Xi Ya
Hong Kong -Xiang Gang
Spain -Xi Ban Ya
Canada-Jia Na Da
Singapore -xin jia po

Some major cities:
Beijing -Bei Jing
Taipei -Tai Bei
London -Lun Dun
Chicago -Zhi Jia Ge
Los Angeles -Luo Shan Ji


................................................................

4 number now -

1 = yi
2 = er
3 = sha
4 = si
5 = wu
6 = liu
7 = qi
8 = ba
9 = jiu
10 = shi
11 = shi yi ..
continue wif twelve = shi er , shi san , shi si ..
20 - er shi
continue wif 21 = er shi yi
30 - san shi
continue wif 31 = san shi yi , san shi er , san shi san , san shi shi , san shi wu ...
40 - si shi ..
continue wif 41 - si shi yi .. ( leaving wif si shi wif it and change d back d ! )
50 - wu shi
continue wif 51 - wu shi yi ....
60 - liu shi
continue wif 61 - liu shi yi
70 - qi shi
continue wif 71 - qi shi yi
80 - ba shi
continue wif 81 - ba shi yi ...
90 - jiu shi
continue wif 91 - jiu shi yi ...
100 - yi baii ..

...........................................................

zhen de ma? = is it true?

wo bu zhi dao = i don't know

na shi shen me? = what is it?

ta zani na li? = where is it?

bie wang le = do not forget me

wo du zi e le = i am hungry

wo du zi bao le = i am full

zhe shi shen me? = what is this?

qing bang bang mang = please help me

zhong guo liao li = chinese food

bu yao le = no more, thank you

dong tian = winter

chun tian = spring

xia tian = summer

qiu tian = autumn

jin tian = today

zuo tian = yesterday

ming tian = tomorrow



**i'm not really sure if it is all correct...i just copyed it in a forum...**

**I really dont know how to speak mandarin so dont know if it is really correct...**

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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:56 pm

asterosey wrote:
em43

here's some more...hope it helps...i'm just not sure if it's all correct...
i just copyed it in a forum...

Good Morning - zao an
Good Afternoon - wu an
Good Night - wan an
and dere is no Good Evening greeting in chinese .. = )
How are you - ni hao ma ?
Where are you - ni zai na li ?
What r u doing - ni zai gan ma ?
i like you - wo xin huan ni
i love you - wo ai ni
i hate you - wo hen ni
i miss you - wo xiang ni
GoGo ! ( Add Oil ) - JiaYou ! JiaYou ! xD

i`ll support you - wo hui zhi chi ni d !
sorry - dui bu qi
never mind - mei guan xi
what is your name ? - ni ming shen mo ?
my name is ________ - wo ming jiao _________
whats your age ? - ni ji shui le ?
my age is ___ - wo jin nia ____ shui
where you from ? - ni chong na li lai de ?
i am from __ - wo shi chong ___ lai de .
i want - wo yao
i dont want - wo bu yao !


.......................................................

4 some emotional ...

Emotional - Qing xu
happy - kai xin
sad - shang xin
cry - ku
dissapointed - shi wang
angry - sheng qi
i tink tat all 4 emotional ..

..........................................................

Food O ! -
Food - shi wu
Breakfast - zao chan ( not pronounce english way in can, but pronounce as chan, without the ch sound)
Lunch - wu can
Dinner - wan can
Supper - xiao/siao ye
Dessert - tian dian

Countries - Guo Jia
England - Ying Guo
USA - Mei Guo
China - Zhong Guo
Germany - De Guo
France - Fa Guo
Korea - Han Guo
Japan - Ri Ben
Vietnam - Yue Nan
Thailand -Tai Guo
Taiwan -Taiwan
Malaysia -Ma Lai Xi Ya
Hong Kong -Xiang Gang
Spain -Xi Ban Ya
Canada-Jia Na Da
Singapore -xin jia po

Some major cities:
Beijing -Bei Jing
Taipei -Tai Bei
London -Lun Dun
Chicago -Zhi Jia Ge
Los Angeles -Luo Shan Ji


................................................................

4 number now -

1 = yi
2 = er
3 = sha
4 = si
5 = wu
6 = liu
7 = qi
8 = ba
9 = jiu
10 = shi
11 = shi yi ..
continue wif twelve = shi er , shi san , shi si ..
20 - er shi
continue wif 21 = er shi yi
30 - san shi
continue wif 31 = san shi yi , san shi er , san shi san , san shi shi , san shi wu ...
40 - si shi ..
continue wif 41 - si shi yi .. ( leaving wif si shi wif it and change d back d ! )
50 - wu shi
continue wif 51 - wu shi yi ....
60 - liu shi
continue wif 61 - liu shi yi
70 - qi shi
continue wif 71 - qi shi yi
80 - ba shi
continue wif 81 - ba shi yi ...
90 - jiu shi
continue wif 91 - jiu shi yi ...
100 - yi baii ..

...........................................................

zhen de ma? = is it true?

wo bu zhi dao = i don't know

na shi shen me? = what is it?

ta zani na li? = where is it?

bie wang le = do not forget me

wo du zi e le = i am hungry

wo du zi bao le = i am full

zhe shi shen me? = what is this?

qing bang bang mang = please help me

zhong guo liao li = chinese food

bu yao le = no more, thank you

dong tian = winter

chun tian = spring

xia tian = summer

qiu tian = autumn

jin tian = today

zuo tian = yesterday

ming tian = tomorrow



**i'm not really sure if it is all correct...i just copyed it in a forum...**

**I really dont know how to speak mandarin so dont know if it is really correct...**

em44

wow! u went to all that trouble haha:D ur so nice! don't worry so far everything that was written there is correct:)
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:14 pm

hahaha...xie xie!! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:19 pm

mei kan xi (np) Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:53 pm

Um thank you all for postng it. Thank you very much!
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:47 pm

caixin wrote:
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caixin,do you know how to translate english names to mandarin?

Sure I can have a go!!! Hehe!! Lesson two coming soon ok...stay tuned! em39

caixin, just wanna ask too....how do u translate an english name to chinese or vice versa? haha Very Happy coz' even though i'm a chinese..my english and chinese name does not much....

my english name: Cindy Ashley Go Sy
my chinese name: Shi Yi Xin

haha Very Happy i'm just really curious haha lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:10 pm

hey!! caixin!!!
can you please translate my name?? (english name-chinese)
please!

english name:Aster

.....my family name is Riambonanza*LOL so long*..i think theres no chinese name for it..im not sure...

xie xie!


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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:19 pm

asterosey wrote:
hey!! caixin!!!
can you please translate my name?? (english name-chinese)
please!

english name:Aster

.....my family name is Riambonanza*LOL so long*..it hink theres no chinse name for it..im not sure...

xie xie!

haha lol! i wanna know wat the translation be...can't wait Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:32 pm

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asterosey wrote:
hey!! caixin!!!
can you please translate my name?? (english name-chinese)
please!

english name:Aster

.....my family name is Riambonanza*LOL so long*..it think theres no chinse name for it..im not sure...

xie xie!

haha lol! i wanna know wat the translation be...can't wait Very Happy

haha...me too!
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:09 pm

The lessons will teach you the most basic and useful words and sentences for the Mandarin language. They constantly add and update their video lessons. Also, go to their website http://www.baygenie.com to check out how you can get an 1 on 1 tutoring from their highly trained and professional tutors.

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Lesson 1- Introduce Yourself
Lesson 2- Greetings
Lesson 3- At the airport
Lesson 4- Courtesy
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Lesson 6- Directions
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:28 pm

lonely planet Mandarin phrasebook
Food terms

At the restaurant...
The Chinese have a word renao 热闹 (lit: hot and noisy). It justifies the atmosphere of their restaurant. When the Chinese go out to eat, they like to have raucous, lip smacking fun. The western style of whispering, sipping expensive wines, candles is not for them.

Meals in Chinese restaurants do not come in individual serving but in communal plates for everyone to share and eat from these.

appetizers (cold)- 凉菜 (liangcai)

main courses (usually meat dishes)- 主菜 (zhu cai)

seafood dishes- 海鲜 (haixian)

soups- 糖类 (tanglei)

vegetable dishes (may contain meat)- 蔬菜 (shucai)

desserts- 甜品 (tianpin)

beer- 啤酒 (pijiu)

fruit juice- 果汁 (guozhi)

soft drinks- 汽水 (qishui)

sparkling wine- 香槟 (xiangbin)

talk about food...

I love this dish. - 这道菜真想。 (Zhe dao cai zhenxiang.)

I love the local cuisine. - 这个地方的菜真好吃。 (Zheige di fang de cai zhen haochi.)

That was delicious! - 吃得真香! (Chide zhen xiang!)

I'm full. - 吃报了。 (chibao le.)

This dish is..... - 这个菜。。。。。了。 (Zheige cai.....le.)

  • (too) cold- 太凉 (tai) liang
  • (too) spicy- 太辣 (tai) la
  • superb- 真香 (zhenxiang)


Your tab or mine?...
A favorite Chinese part in the restaurant then just enjoying your meal is fighting over the bill. It's considered polite to offer to pay the bill once or even twice, even if you're clearly a guest. The following line may be made loudly, to show sincerity, even when it is bluff:

You were tonight's guest, but I'll pay the bill. - 是你请的客, 我不过是买单的。 (Shi ni qingde ke, wo buguo shi maidan de.)


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Romance terms
Asking someone out...

Have you ever thought about after finding out the girl/guy of your dream interests' and hobbies', it will be the times to move to the next level and ask them out on a date? Well, here are some terms that you can incorporate into your conversation to help ease the frustration when your about to ask.

Where would you like to go (tonight)?- (今天晚上) 想到那里玩儿? (Jin tian wanshang) xiang daonali wanr?)

Would you like to do something (tomorrow)?- (明天) 想出去玩而吗? (Mingtian) xiang chuqu wanr ma?)

Yes, I'd love to.- 好啊, 很想去。 (Hao a, hen xiangqu.)

I'm sorry, I'm busy.- 对不起, 我有事。 (Duibuqi, wo youshi.)

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Pick-up lines...

Note: Please take notice that these terms are just general pick-up lines. It DOES NOT guarantee success when being used.

Would you like a drink?- 请你喝点什么吗?(qingni hedian shenme ma?)

You look like some cousin of mine.- 伲长得象我的表妹。 (ni zhangde xiang wode biao mei.)

You're a fantastic dancer.- 你跳的真好。 (Ni tiaode zhenhao.)

Can I.......?- 我能。。。。。? (Wo neng.......)

  • dance with you- 跳个舞 (tiaogewu)
  • sit here- 坐一下 (zuoyixia)

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Rejections...

I'm here with my (boyfriend/girlfriend).- 我同 (男朋友/女朋友) 一起来了。 (Wo tong (nanpengyou/nupengyou) yiqi lai le.)

Sorry, I have to go now.- 对不起, 我要走。 (Duibuqi, wo yao zou.)

I'd rather not.- 我不想。 (Wo bu xiang.)

No, thank you.- 谢谢, 下一次吧。 (Xiexie, xiayici ba.)

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Getting closer...

I like you very much. - 我很喜欢你。 (Wo hen xihuan ni.)

You're great. - 你真帮。 (Ni zhen bang.)

Lets kiss! - 咱们亲以下吧。 (Zanmen qinyixia ba.)

Do you want to come inside for awhile? - 想进来坐坐吗? (Xiang jinlai zuozuo ma?)

Do you want a massage? - 你喜欢被按磨吗? (Ni xihuan bei anmo ma?)

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Love...

I love you- 我爱你 (Wo ai ni)

I think we're good together. - 我决的我们俩听配合。 (Wo juede women liang ting peihe.)

Will you.......? -你能同我一起。。。。吗? (Ni neng tong wo yiqi....ma?)

  • go out with me- 谈朋友 (tan pengyou)
  • live with me- 疰下来 (zhuxialai)
  • marry me- 结婚 (jiehun)

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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:42 pm

Dentist terms
At the dentist...

Imagine that along your vacation to China, your tooth or gums begins hurting that you must see a nearby dentist. Well, these terms would help you when you're in the dentist office when you need to speak to the nurse or dentist to alert them what is the problem and hopefully get it fixed for you.

I have a...... - 我有。。。。。。 (Wo you......)

  • broken tooth- 甭牙 (bengya)
  • cavity- 牙洞 (yadong)
  • toothache- 牙疼 (yateng)

I've lost a filling. - 我崩牙了。 (Wo bengya le.)

My dentures are broken. - 我的假牙坏了。 (Wode jiaya huaile.)

My gums hurt. - 我齿龈好痛。 (Wo chiyin haotong.)

I don't want it extracted. - 我不要拔牙。 (Wo buyao baya.)

Ouch! - 哎呀,疼!(Aiya, teng!)

I need/an - 我需要。。。。。 (Wo xuyao.....)

  • anaesthetic- 麻醉药 (mazui yao)
  • filling- 补牙 (buya)


the dentist may say....

This won't hurt a bit. - 不会疼。 (Buhui teng.)

Don't move. - 别动 (Biedong)

Come back, I haven't finished. - 回来, 还没完。 (Huilai, haimei wan!

Open wide. - 张开口。 (Zhangkai kou)

Rinse! - 漱口! (Shukou)

Bite down on this. - 咬一下。 (Yaoyixia)


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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:07 pm

Thank yah for shraing this. hehe... BTW... ahaha... I forgot my chinese name.. ahaha... can you please translate it for me? Ahaha... I knew my Chinese name even though I used to study in CKSC before... I forgot about everything I learned... ahaha...

can you pleaze translate my name:

maria Betina clarise yap

thank yah! Ahehe... my name is too long. Ahaha
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:10 pm

Greetings / Title addressing
Basics


Note that in Mandarin, the word "please" (qing,请) always precede as a request. You're likely to become familiar with the last two phrases below as Chinese people use them a lot.

Yes- 是 (shi)

No- 不是 (bushi)

Please...- 请... (qing)

Thank you- 多谢 (duo xie)

You're Welcome- 不客气 (bu keqi)

Excuse me (to get attention)- 劳驾 (laojia)

Excuse me (to get past)- 借光 (jieguang)

Sorry- 对不起 (duibuqi)

As you please. - 随便 (suibian)

No problem. - 没关系 (meiguanxi)

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Greetings and Goodbyes

Greeting all- 大家好 (dajia hao)

Hello (general)- 你好 (nihao)

Hello (lit: Have you eaten?)- 吃饭了吗? (Chifan le ma?)

Good....- 。。。好 (...hao)

  • morning (after breakfast)- 早上 (zaoshang)
  • afternoon- 下午 (xiawu)
  • evening- 晚上 (wanshang)

How are you? (general)- 你好吗? (nihao ma)

Fine. And you?- 好。 你呢? (hao. Ni ne?)

What's your name?- 你叫什么名字?(ni jiao shenme mingzi)

My name is...- 我叫。。。 (wo jiao...)

I'd like to introduce you to..- 给你介绍。。。 (gei ni jieshao)

This is my...- 这是我的。。。 (zhe shi wode...)

  • child- 孩子 (haizi)
  • colleague- 同事 (tongshi)
  • friend- 朋友 (pengyou)
  • husband- 丈夫 (zhangfu)
  • partner (intimate)- 对象 (duixiang)
  • wife- 太太 (taitai)


I'm pleased to meet you.- 幸会。 (xinghui)

Goodbye- 再见 (zaijian)

Bye- 拜拜 (baibai)

See you later- 回头见 (huitou jian)

Good night- 晚安 (wan an)

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Title & Addressing people

China is host to a wealth of titles and terms of address, reflecting the richness of China's feudal past. Travelers to China can get by using the three titles given below. The last term (xiaojie 小姐) is becoming the generic term for women of unspecified marital status. Be aware that it can carry a derogatory overtone of "prostitute" but only if you used in a sexually suggestive contexts.

Mr/Sir - 先生 (xiansheng)

Mrs/Madam- 女士 (nushi)

Ms. /Miss- 小姐 (xiaojie)

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Local Talk...

Great! - 太棒! (taibang!)

Hey! - 劳驾!(laojia!)

It's OK. - 还行。 (haixing)

Just a minute. - 等一下,啊。 (dengyixia, a)

Maybe- 有可能 (you ke neng)

No problem- 没事 (meishi)

No way! - 不可能!(bu ke neng!)

Sure, whatever. - 行,行,行。 (xing, xing, xing.)

That's enough- 性了, 行了!(xingle, xingle!)

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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:14 pm

Words that are easy to Pronounce

ān - peace, calm
n - case, plan
bi - white
bǎn - plank
bǎo - defend
bo - newspaper
běi - north
běn - origin
ci - wealth
ci - vegetable
cēng - noisy
ch - tea
chn - meditation
chng - long
chǎng - yard
chǎo - stir-fry
chē - car, vehicle
chn - arrange; a surname
chuān - river
chūn - spring
d - big
dǎng - party
do - way
diǎn - order
dōng - east
du - bean
- capital, metropolis
f - wealthy person or family
fēng - wind
- man
芙蓉 frng - hibiscus
- rotten
f - belly
gǎng - port
gōng - work
gōng - merit
gōng - fair, public
gōng - palace
gǒu - dog
广 guǎng - wide
guǐ - ghost
guō - wok
gu - country
hǎi - sea
Hn - Han dynasty
ho - down, hair
hǎo - good
h - unite, together
h - river
h - lake
hu - flowery, splendid;
hu - picture
hung - yellow
hn - irregular - won ton
j - extreme
jin - sword
jiāng - use
jiāng - river
jing - paste
jīn - gold
jīng - capital
jīng - classic; stable
j - orange
j - sentence
jūn - army
jūn - monarch
kǒng - hole
ku - knock
ln - orchid
lng - wave
lǎo - old
- Chinese mile
l - lychee
l -power
ln - forest
lng - dragon
l - reed
lun - wild
m - hemp
- horse
mn - overflow, unrestricted
mo - fur, wool
mn - gate
min - flour, noodles
mn - people
mng - name
mng - bright; Ming dynasty
m - wood
nn - south
ni - inside
nǐ - you
pi - amuse
pn - basin
p - skin
pīn - join
p - type of reed
q - breath, spirit, vitality
qiē - cut
Qn - Chin dynasty
Qīng - pure; Ching dynasty
qun - fist
rn - person
rěn - endure
r - sun
ru - gentle
sān - three
shā - sand
shān - mountain
shān - clothes
shng - upper
sho - young
shēn - ginseng
shn - god
shēng - born
sh - art
shuǐ - water
- silk
s - four
su - year
su - piece
sūn - grandson
ti - platform
ti - trample, kick
ti - too
tng - meeting hall
Tng - Tang dynasty
tiān - sky, heaven
tu - head
tun - ball, body, organization
wi - outside, foreign
wān - bay
wn - 10,000
wng - king
wi - taste
- black
- war
xin - string
线 xin - thread
xiāng - fragrant
xiǎo - small
xīn - heart
xīn - new
xng - apricot
yng - sun, bright, masculine
yng - raise
y - art
y - change, easy
yīn - sound
yīn - moon, dark, feminine
yn - silver
yǐn - addiction
yīng - outstanding
yu - sauce
yun - round; currency (etymologically 圆, but now written with the character for first)
z - mixed
zāi - plant
zhāng - open, look
zhě - person
zhī - juice
zh - govern
zh - will, aspiration
zhōng - middle
zhǒng - sort
zhōu - middle
- son, diminutive
z - character
zuǒ - left (hand)

Pronunciation tips

Consonants

  • The sounds b d g dont differ from p t k by voicing; rather, the latter series are aspirated, the first arent. Technically, the b in běn is an unaspirated p, like our p in spend, as opposed to the aspirated p in pen. If that doesnt make much sense to you, English b d g arent terribly wrong.
  • h is a velar fricative, like German ch in Bach.
  • As a first approximation, ch zh q j can all be pronounced like English ch. However, ch zh are retroflex, while q j are palatalized. And zh j are unaspirated. Dont pronounce j like a French j.
  • Also as a first approximation, sh x can be pronounced like English sh. In fact sh is retroflexed and x is palatalized.
  • Pronounce c z as ts. The z is unaspirated.
  • Initial r- is retroflex, though to me it sounds assibilated, like a cross between American English r and zh.
Vowels

  • The pinyin vowels are a bit quirky (though other systems are really no better). Somewhat strangely, -ian is pronounced ien, -ong is pronounced ung, and -ui is -wei.
  • i after ch j sh s z c isnt so much a vowel as a voiced prolongation of the consonant. shi sounds, in fact, very much like English sure, while chi zhi sound like churr, jurr. si is sz-- which looks impossible but in fact isnt hard at all to say.
Tones

  • First tone () is just a high pitch: a word in first tone should be noticeably higher than your normal tone of voice.
  • Second tone (m) is a rising pitch, much as wed use in the initial syllable in Ma? You there?
  • Third tone (), in isolation, drops from a
    neutral pitch, then rises again ; in connected speech, it just drops.
    Think Ma, are you listening?
  • Fourth tone (m) drops from a high pitch. Ma! Stop that!
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:52 pm

I'll study all of the posts when I have an ideal time for it. LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:07 pm

haha Very Happy ...thanks for sharing!!! actually, I have a book and a dictionary on mandarin words and so far...i'm still learning their language... em06
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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:43 pm

asterosey and caixin... tnx for giving some translation..

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PostSubject: Re: Sharing and learning mandarin words with each other   Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:33 pm

np. Very Happy
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